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Soil Core I
Soil Core I
Mixed Medium: hand made paper (Cattail and English Ivy), soil, clay, leaves, roots, plastic pipe with ends, matt medium, gum arabic, and thread.
16” x 4” x 4”

While team teaching a program that combined geology and art, we dug soil pits and made paint with soil pigments. Like text, the beautiful layers of the soil reveal the history of the land and dynamic geological and ecological processes. The rich organic layer is broken down by many diverse species of macro invertebrates and microorganisms. Deeper layers reveal evidence of volcanic eruption, fire, and water moved clay deposits. I wanted this work to draw attention to our region’s most precious and often under appreciated resource: the soil.